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,000 working pr people in the pentagon spending $4.7 billion a year. 27,000? where do you get that number? >> guest: it's a number that includes -- it's a broader number not just sort of the propaganda folks. but advertising but everyone shaping the message from the pentagon. it goes from software programs and social media, there's been a recent example where the army is using a program that monitors how many times bradley manning is mentioned. the we can i can leeks -- wick key leeks -- that all branches of the military have. i mean, there are more i have thought about this. there are more public relations people on a general staff in kabul than reporters in kabul in afghanistan. c-span: do you ever ask why? >> guest: they need the help they can get. even with the message machine, they haven't been able to put too positive of a spin on it. c-span: you say i hate this war. did you hate the iraq war? >> guest: yes, yeah. c-span: did you hate afghanistan war? >> i learn to hate war in general. i mean, not -- it would be very difficult for me having been through a number of things with both
, bloated. he said the pentagon needs to be pared down. senator hagel also endorsed a report by the group global zero that called for cutting the u.s. weapons arsenal by 80%. the overall goal of global zero, as its name implies, global zero, is global zero nuclear weapons. but this 80% cut in our arsenal is a way to get there is something that chuck hagel has supported. what is the new face of the american military going to be after the end of the longest war in american history, which is afghanistan? the second longest war in american history is vietnam. to have three vietnam veterans in the cabinet running veterans, running state, running defense is a remarkable milestone for veterans of that war, just as a population group, and one that didn't necessarily get treated right by this country when their time at war ended. but for all of us, for all of us, no matter how old we are, for all of us, whether or not we had any connection to the vietnam politics the first time around, for all of us there is the question now of whether the president's decision to turn to these three vietnam combat
in afghanistan. >> the pentagon said thousands of troops may be needed beyond 2014 to contain al qaeda who currently has 66,000 troops there. all of this comes with president obama scheduled to meet with hamid karzai friday at the white house. karzai is in washington and will meet with a group of senators including mitch mcconnell. joining us is retired four-star ynl and vote vets.org who served twice in i wack. thank you very much for joining us. general, i will start off with you. many intricate or believe that the president's choice in john kerry and check hagel indicate withdrawing more troops and leaving far fewer in that country and as we move forward with other possible conflicts. >> i hope so. i think both are vietnam vets and wounded in action. they have a very realistic view on the limitations of military power. this is going to be important. president obama is not going to get much out of karzai from a strictly military perspective and maybe 30,000 troops is the right answer for air power and counter terrorism and intelligence support in afghanistan. i don't think that's going t
a campus shooting. >>> now the pentagon believes some u.s. troops need to stay to keep an eye on al qaeda. president barack obama meets with ahmed wali karzai at the white house on friday. >>> the venezuela lend -- venezuela president hugo chavez is recovering from surgery. he was scheduled to be sworn in but venezuela president hugo chavez will have to be sworn in at a later date as he recovers following cancer surgery. this violates venezuela's constitution. >>> they are looking to join or block a lawsuit. they received $122 billion bailout and now former aig executives is suing the government saying the bailout deal was unfamiliar to share holders. some compare it to being a day of and being sued for saving the life of a patient. >>> it is the second incident with a boeing 747 in two days. that is after it leaked fuel and they will not look into the leak calling a maintenance issue not an accident but they are looking into a fire that happened the day before. >>> let's they can in with sal, are you keeping an eye out, and of the lanes you can see golden gate is helping out with that an
. the current one is james clapper and he is a military man from the pentagon. under him, there were others. there were also others that had intelligence roles. but now it is our primary agency and it will become even more crucial if you have seen zero dark 30, even though i think a few aspects aren't accurate. it shows the roles that were played in identifying the courier and there are critics. >> yes. >> senator john mccain is one. he says that he wants to take a closer look at the interrogations policies under the bush administration. including john brennan's involvement in them. >> guest: i applaud him. he has been saying forever for so long as to why this is important. and he is right, in my view. i think we should look at interrogation policies and drone policies and john brennan before this nomination. he asked to talk about the legal framework around the policy. drones are tool and a lot of our foreign policy needs to be defense. and one of the things i hope you will do is take a fresh look at the paramilitary part of the mission that should be with the pentagon, which has an except
that will face the president. picks to run the pentagon and the cia. that's if they make it through the senate gauntlet. >>> this morning we'll meet one of the faces of the gop. freshman congressman tom cotton of arkansas. got a big crowd of conservatives. grinning from ear to ear already about his future in his party. >>> and richard nixon would have turned 100 years old today if he were still alive. find out how his legacy is still trying to get shaped by his supporters and why he might be the most consequential american politician in the last half century. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, january 9th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck todd. right to my first reads of the morning. the end of the month deadline provides president biden's task force on gun violence to present its proposals is quickly approaching. today biden, cabinet members and senior staff kick off a series of meetings with what the white house describes as stake holders in this debate aimed at trying to produce a consensus or proposals to curb gun violence. today biden meets with victims groups and gun
. would they look back when asked to attack? the pentagon is considering whether they will be infantry troops. they showed little interest in battle zone jobs. smos believing they would be able to fight on the front line. in 2012 they asked them to go to infantry officer training. and only two volunteers and -- volunteered and they both cleared the course. the job i want to do in the military does not include combat arms. it is a choice to join combat arms and it should be a personal decision not a required one. the views mirrored in other surveys done in the 90s were 900 army women polled, and it felt the issue was pushed by, quote, feminists. let's go to red eye's pentagon screaming sheep. >> he would be arguing on the piers morgan show. tune in for that. diane, don't you believe the defense department should forget women in combat? >> open the position up to women, but they will have to fulfill whatever requirements are required of men to do it. if that means no women pass the test, then no women get to be on the front line. >> i am surprised about this though. i always thought, and
at the pentagon and for all our citizens. >> is president obama nominating chuck hagel as secretary of defense in in order to cut funding to the military? charles krauthammer will weigh in on that. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now. hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. aborting babies at taxpayers expense that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. we have been taking a very hard look at a disturbing situation that may be a major violation, maybe of federal law. in 1976 congress passed the hyde amendment which forbids federal tax dollars for abortions. the reason is obvious. many americans believe abortion is morally wrong to. protect those americans, the feds said no to public funding of abortions. but now it looks like pro-choice zealots have figured out a way to get around the hyde amendment. they are using planned parenthood. here are the stats. 2001 planned parenthood received about 203 million taxpayer dollars. 10 years later, 2011, the organization received a whopping $5,542,000,000, nearly double. planned pare
that hit the twin towers and the pentagon. we have to attack iraq because we've got evidence they have weapons of mass destruction, wmd, even if there's no evidence they have nuclear weapons and it would turn out they didn't have chemical or biological either. we have to attack iraq, the hawks, they promised it would bring peace between israel and the palestinians. the road to jerusalem runs through baghdad it was said. what we've got instead is the loss of even a chance for peace in the middle east. well, tonight the people who sold america the iraq war are out selling more warfare in the middle east. they want military action against syria, they want war waged against syria, and they want chuck hagel out of the way. why? because he's just the kind of guy who will ask, what should we have asked when "w" took us to war in iraq? is this really the smart thing to do for us? we've got peter beinart right now with the daily beast and sam stein with "the huffington post." thank you. i have been reading your stuff. sam, you quoted colonel lawrence wilkerson who served as chief of staff to co
2014. they are not ruling out that option. pentagon officials say the troops are still needed to keep strengthening the afghan army and help keep al qaeda away. this comes days after osama bin laden is meeting with hamid karzai. no decision has been made for anthony's appeal to get the lying conviction thrown out. she is convicted of lying to police. the statements she used to police can't be used against her because she was not read her amanda rights. >>> across the country struggle to go keep up all of the people coming in with flu like illnesses. one set up a special tent outside. this is 29 states already reporting extremely high amounts of cases. >> we are live with the latest on what health officials there are dealing with. >> the flu is hitting harder and also hitting earlier especially here in northeast ohio. there were 134 cases of the flu that were reported last week and that was up 73 according to the cuyahoga county board of health. they are already putting restrictions in place. 30 minutes outside of cleveland they were packed with patients yesterday. they are now having
the pentagon absorb a 10% cut? i suppose it could absorb a cut but the question is, we can not go into default while we're debating these things. you have to increase the debt ceiling and keep the debate going and look to continue to cut spending. jon: we'll have you back another time to talk more about this. you obviously put a lot of thought into it. former congressman dennis kucinich. >> thank you. jenna: speaking after the pentagon, we talked a let about the planned troop withdrawal in afghanistan. now there is word the united states may take out all the troops leaving no american soldiers there. what is behind the so-called zero option? we go in depth next. jon: a fox news alert now. new details emerging on that commuter ferry crash in new york city. rick is live at the breaking news desk for us. >> we're tracking this from down in the newsroom because the details are changing quickly, jon. as you say a commuter ferry bringing people from new jersey along the east river to lower manhattan. we're told that's when they had what is called a hard landing. the ferry captain trying to dock righ
the pentagon view that thousands of troops would be needed to stay indefinitely to help keep al qaeda in check. some analysts say floating this idea woucould be a negotiating strategy, ahead of the meeting with hamid karzai at the white house. >>> there's a bad dream for boeing this morning. another 787 dreamliner jets had a problem. this time, a fuel leak. it was the second incident for the dreamliner in as many days at boston's logan airport. on monday, a fire started in a battery on a japan airlines jet while it was being readied for another flight. iceland air confirmed it had to restrain a passenger because he was hitting people, screaming profanities and spitting. you might remember there was a spill picture of the guy last week. now, this cell phone video has surfaced. passengers claim the man had drunken an entire bottle of duty-free liquor. he was met by police when the plane landed in new york. >>> on capitol hill, the new question may be how low can it go? meaning how far can public opinion of congress continue to sink? 9% of people in a new national survey had a favorable view of c
hagel, the man president obama has nominated to lead the defense department, has called the pentagon bloated and warned the agency has not made important strategic decisions. his nomination comes as lawmakers have been looking at taking a trillion out of defense spending over the coming decade. but as darren gersh reports, hagel may be forced to cut a lot more than that. >> reporter: former senator chuck hagel is a vietnam vet, so when he accepted the president's nomination as secretary of defense, it was fitting his thoughts turned first to the troops. >> these are people who give so much to this nation everyday with such dignity and selflessness. >> reporter: but if he is confirmed, one of hagel's toughest jobs will be deciding how much to cut back the size of the military and the size of military paychecks. that won't be easy. >> despite all the conspiracy theories about the defense industry, it's actually a lot easier to cut weapons than to cut personnel costs. when you try to cut military pay and benefits, you run into a buzzsaw on capitol hill. >> reporter: if you count benefit
release. >> pelley: the pentagon has been drawing up plans on how many u.s. troops to keep in afghanistan, but today, for thebu first time, the administration says that there is a chance no n americans will remain after next year. president obama will talk it over with the afghan presidentiden hamid karzai friday at the white house. venezuela's government said today that president hugo chavez is too ill to attend his swearing-in for a new term on thursday. chavez, who is 58, is in cuba for cancer treatment. he hasn't spoken publicly in a month. his vice president is filling in. chavez has made a career out of bashing the united states and allied himself with iran and syria. a painting by the artist henri matisse has been recovered 25 years after it was stolen from a swedish museum. an art dealer in england was putting it up for sale when he discovered that it was listed on an international registry of stolen artwork. he says the current owner bought it in good faith 20 years ago.at the painting is valued at $1 million. it will be returned to the museum. some of the most powerful creatures
the so-called zero option which would bring home every u.s. soldier. this despite the pentagon's view that some troops need to stay to keep a lid on al qaeda. >>> 4:37 now. for the continental united states, 2012 was the hottest year on record. that's according to government scientists. average temperature was 55.3 degrees. that broke the old record set in 1998 by one degree. but if you wake up this morning, you would never know. 37 degrees out in the east bay. >> i know. it's chilly, lawrence. >> now we have a chance of some snow maybe down to 1500 feet by tomorrow morning. so yeah, we have some big chance coming our way. even a chance of rain developing outside today. here's the latest on our satellite image. you can see the cold front on final approach as it's headed toward the bay area. you can see showers beginning to move into far northern california but it will take a while for it to get here not until the afternoon before we see rain picking up. if you are heading outside today we have dense fog in some of the valleys so watch out for that
house challenges the pentagon view which says thousands of troops may have to is remain to support afghans. >>> a judge has reduced the possible sentence of accused wikileaks source private bradley manning. manning is accused of downloading thousands of sensitive intelligence and diplomatic cables. a military judge reduced by 112 days any sentence manning receives as compensation for the harsh treatment manning received while being held by the military. his trial is scheduled to begin starting march 6th. >>> u.s. officials say the iranian government may be behind the abduction of retired fbi agent left inson. he disappeared in 2007. photos of levenson that had been anonymously e-mailed to his family have been released for the first time. it was initially thought he was being held by terrorists. iran has denied any involvement. we'll take a quick break on a wednesday morning. when we come back on the "morning news," warming trend. the u.s. has its hottest year yet. how high the mercury hit when we come back on the "cbs morning news." me back on the "cbs morning
it to you. >> why does the president want to down size the pentagon, the defense department? why does he want to do that? >> because obama has this ideological vision of america as a super power, too big for its britches and it's a power that's thrown itself around the world. he talked about it in his initial tour of the world, and that it does not sort of have the moral standing to be the great power it was, leading where it was, choosing where and when and he wants to cut it down to size. >> megyn: that was charles krauthammer making the argument to our own bill o'reilly, that president obama is forming his second term policy that america needs to down size its global presence or as he put it, mr. krauthammer, he thinks america, mr. obama does, is too big for its britches. and here is tucker carlson, a fox news contributor, and julie, and ray. what's the evidence of that? >> the evidence that the president sees the united states in world terms is everywhere you see it in the budget negotiations the reason the republicans are so thrown off. divided and disspirited. mostly they're confus
. that is a devastating impact. i am wondering why don't they go after the pentagon? is it the pentagon as a policy declared to say if you attack us, that is an act of war. >> new evolution in the strategies. an act of self-defense were cyber attack or something active defense, some entities getting their heads around the sanctions. yes, there has been some modifications, so financial institutions are quickly getting their heads around those vulnerabilities but by in large many of those are well saved, love institutions have been able to protect themselves. people are employing them. dennis: this is yet again another denial of service attack. where hackers and of taking over a little network and they have thousands and thousands of requests and they freeze the system. what i can't understand is why can't you guys in the business fix this? it has been around for 30 years or more, how can you guys haven't been able to do away with it? >> availability of your systems is a paramount element. social networking to twitter every second means everything. as we get more and more connected, availability is a
and the pentagon is pushing if 9,000 in 2015 and others want 3,000 or fewer. >> coming up, a neighborhood squabble over wild turkeys. >> an invitation by facebook create as frenzy in tech circles. >> diet drinks promise to keep the pounds off, right, but research says there is another unintended >> a 5:53. holiday shoppers responded so well to a new pricing strategy they will keep it up. a new trend is to check out an item in a store and thing go back to the computer and buy it cheaper online. to beat it over the holidays target matched online prices and now it will continue that practice year round. target says if you see a price on a website for amazon or best buy or toys 'r us or walmart you can get the same rice in the target store. >> starting at the bolt only -- bottom for the worst films are out and "breaking dawn two" led with 11 nominations including worst picture and worse lead act ors. on the opposite side of the spectrum, the oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow. you can watch the nominations like tomorrow morning right here on abc7 morning news at 5:30 so set your alarm and jo
. doesn't this come down to where he said this about the pentagon. it is bloated and needs to be pared down. that's his greatest sin isn't it? >> that is one of them. i think the other was questioning the iraq war and eventually coming out and opposing the iraq war and saying after he cast the vote in favor of the iraq war, coming back and saying you know what? this was the wrong move. that created a lot of animosity. and we have seen criticism from the left. i do want to see a confirmation process. i want to know how he'll behave towards lbgt members of the military. >> and he has already apologized for those statements. >> absolutely. absolutely. but the charges that -- i mean, the thing that has really been ludicrous is because he hasn't been with mccain and lieberman an every vote in israel, not only is his anti-israel, he's anti-semitic. i think that shuts down any debate on the topic. >> had a change of heart as he was saying on the iraq war. and as peter binehart writes on the daily beast, the former vietnam rifleman realized that detached and self-interested elites were sending
the last year. very nice chart despite the weakness we're seeing today. talk pentagon a return of nearly 80% despite being under the slight pressure today. >> ceo rob sands joins us now exclusively. rob, it would seem to be a good earnings report, yet the stock is lower. i'm wondering if that is because the street didn't like the comments it heard about alcohol sales or demand slowing late into 2012 as related to the fiscal cliff. i don't know about you. i was drinking more as a result of all of that going on in washington. >> yeah, well, it's not surprising. yeah, i think that perhaps that comment had some impact. you know, nevertheless i would say that beverage and alcohol sales were pretty robust even though the growth rate slowed in the fourth quarter and even due to fiscal cliff woes but generally the -- the business is good. there's a lot of trading up in all three categories so -- and our business was -- was fairly good during the holiday season as well, so generally we're pleased. >> what are you expecting 2013? a lot of uncertainties out there. what is the biggest driver of the bus
the pentagon's view that some troops need to stay to keep al qaeda at bay. >>> for the continental united states, 2012 was the hottest on record. according to government scientists, the average temperature was 55.3 degrees. that broke the record set back in 1998 by one degree. >> of course it doesn't apply to today because it was chilly. >> it was chilly this morning. no frost on my window yet but -- >> but we'll see temperatures struggling to get out of the 40s tomorrow maybe snow down to 1500 feet. so big changes around the bay area for today. a lot of clouds beginning to move in. we have some patchy, dense fog early on this morning in the valleys but you can see the cold front now sliding into the state bringing some showers into far northern california. that is going to usher in some much colder temperatures outside even a chance of rain by the afternoon. as we look outside right now, we have mostly cloudy skies a little bit hazy. the temperatures a little cool in spots. 39 degrees in concord with some fog. 37 in livermore. 48 degrees in san fra
at the pentagon. he is looking for allies. he is looking to stake out his position on the future of afghanistan as we move towards some sort of troop withdrawal or lower levels of troop presence in afghanistan and he is laying, he is laying out markers right now before he meets with the president. we'll probably be reading about some of this in the papers tomorrow. melissa: we have a 66,000 troops right now on the ground there. we're talking about pulling everybody out by 2014. what do you think is the risks of that? >> well, i think when they talk about the zero option i think the white house is also laying down markers because we're having some problems negotiating the future of american troops in afghanistan. i don't want to get too technical, melissa, but there is a thing called the status of forces agreement and this protects our troops while they serve overseas in foreign countries. we have them with japan, germany, korea, places like that. we didn't get one with iraq. that is the reason there are no u.s. troops in iraq. iraq is dealing with resurgence of al qaeda. we're pressuring them a
that no american troops will remain in afghanistan by the end of the drawdown in 2014. however, the pentagon says some troops do need to stay to keep an eye on al qaeda. deputy secured advice ben rhodes said it's not tied to a specific number. and the administration is most likely looking at a range of options as fewer as 3,000, to as many as 15,000 remain behind. >>> for the first time, we have new unsettling details about how the apartment of colorado shooting suspect james are holmes was rigged to explode. that testimony at the preliminary hearing is giving us a clear preview of the case. both sides will present at trial. prosecutors are trying to show the depth of planning that went into the attack, while holmes' attorneys are hinting even more openly that they'll use an insanity defense. >>> the wife of a chicago lottery winner says she has no idea who asked police to take another look at her husband's death. authorities announced yesterday they plan to exhume khan's body. khan died the day after his winnings were mailed in july. his wife says she can't believe her husband had enemies. >>> a
this council of governors made up by folks at the pentagon, and it is hard to overstate how important our national guards are in each of our states, certainly from the perspective of helping us in times of emergency, but the other thing, and this is really what we want to weigh in on, is making it clear how cost- effective the national guard is as part of our overall national defense package. it is absolutely remarkable. i had the opportunity last year to travel to with the anniston. we happen to have been flown from kuwait -- afghanistan. we happen to be flown from kuwait from the air guard, and these hometown heroes, they will step in, they are extraordinarily well-trained, and they will step in for six months, nine months, and for making that -- to make that happen is incredibly cost- effective. we have a responsibility to the policy-making decisions of the national defence is up to the president and the federal government, but when we have something available to us, specifically the national guard, which is trained extraordinarily well to talk-dutch standards and is also so -- top-not
the pentagon's position. it's always maintained that some u.s. troops need to stay beyond 2014 to keep an eye on al qaeda. and some lawmakers say they worry about the reputation of the u.s. around the -- around the world if things fall apart in afghanistan after the troops day. >> i'm worried today if we draw from afghanistan or not a leader around the world, our enemies will move on the march and the allies will be wondering if they can trust americans to be standing by them. >>> what was supposed to be a thrilling ride ended in tragedy in russia. one man died and another one was injured after a transparent ball called a zorb cleared off a -- veered off a cliff. the fatal accident has some government officials demanding russia strengthen the safety rules for winter sports. the sport originated in new zealand in the '90s and has since gained popularity around the world. >>> a loophole in an old california law dealing with rape. >> we're now prosecuting rape based on 140-year-old laws that's not making sense. >>> and suing your rescuer. why insurance giant ago wants to sue the -- aig wants to
secretary of defense who everybody likes a lot. >>gretchen: who is that? >>brian: she's been in the pentagon. >>gretchen: i never heard her name as an option. for me, there's two reasons why this will not be a problem for chuck hagel in the long run. first of all, are the american people paying attention to this? i mean, i think if you could get the american people involved and they start representatives and say i have a problem with this or i light chuck hagel, then it becomes a hotter topic and you might see some sort of possibility that it doesn't happen. but if you don't get the american people involved, i think it is an easy situation for him. people talk about political capital. why would the president do this kind of fight? he was elected for four more years. to me, this president has shown in the first four years that he's willing to go to battle for these types of things because remember when he won the first election, one of the first thing he said was "i won the election." >>steve: after george bush and george bush lost all his political capital by the time katrina hit. he was not
. the pentagon does not support the option, though, to pull out all american troops from afghanistan, saying some soldiers need to stay and tamp down al qaeda. new images this morning of american robert levinson kidnapped in iran in 2007 during a business trip. the photos were sent to the former fbi agent's family back in 2011. they released them on tuesday. in them, he is dressed like a prisoner at guantanamo bay. iranian officials have denied knowing anything about levinson's disappearance, a claim that u.s. officials doubt. >>> a nightmare for boeing amid safety woes for the company's much anticipated dreamliner. nbc's ron mott has more from logan international airport in boston. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. double trouble for japan airlines and boeing over the past 48 hours here at logan as both companies investigate exactly what went wrong. two days in a row at boston's logan airport, a japan airline's jet has landed in the news. on tuesday, a new 787 full of passengers and already headed toward the runway had to turn back to the gate after pilots learned jet fuel, about 4
defense he probably wants a republican at pentagon to give him political cover, and he probably wants a decorated war hero to boot, very strong words from david brooks. let's bring in steve hayes writer at "weekly standard" and a fox news contributor. good morning, steve. >> good morning, martha. martha: the strongest in that is that he would supervise the military's decline. do you think so. >> i think there is evidence to support the remarks david brooks is saying. bill burton a former deputy white house secretary and a close adviser to the president, very in close with the obama inner circle say as much in an interest view. he said we want chuck hagel there to allow us to bring through what he called huge cuts to the military. so you've got somebody close to the president who is saying that chuck hagel will make it easier for the obama administration to bring in this new era of military cuts. martha: the president's critics say that he has been really unconcerned and really has not spoken out much about the military cuts that would be part of the sequester. is that true? >> this is
, the front page of the washington times, nomination of chuck hagel, a republican, to head the pentagon. that's where the confirmation hearings will take place, before the senate armed services committee. the "washington times notes that several other republicans on the committee which will hold the hearings as already indicated they intend to -- have already indicated they intend to vote against chuck hagel. and regarding john kerry, swift boat veterans for troop helped to sink john kerry's bid for the white house years ago, but the group has decided it will not try to torpedo his nomination to head up the state department. today's's a story in new york times opinion pages. chuck hagel under attack again, a story about his service in vietnam, something that many of you might know about -- might not know about. the soldier was on fire, yet he instinctively reached for the unconscious 19-year-old gun runner caught in the burning steel cage and rescued him. the story goes on to say that it was the brother of chuck hagel. the two of them serve side-by- side in a unit of 12 at times because of ca
for meetings at the pentagon, the state department, on capitol hill, and at the white house. a joint news conference is likely. on friday he will be speaking at georgetown university about u.s.-afghan relations. we will have coverage of his comments at 5:03 p.m. eastern. in washington, hilda solis resigned say she plans to return to california. she is expected to run for a seat on the los angeles county board of supervisors. the president put out a statement saying over the last four years, she has been a critical member of my economic team and we have work to recover from the worst economic downturn since the great depression. part of the statement from president obama on the resignation of hilda solis as labor secretary. we have been covering a number of state of the state addresses. another one this evening, virginia gov. bob mcdonnell and his state of the commonwealth address. he announced a plan that would provide $3.10 billion in transportation funding, replacing the state gasoline tax with a sales tax increase. that is live in an hour-and-a- half. tonight, the 100th birthday annive
concern. in fact, our defense minister is in town today at the pentagon, discussing some of these issues. he has come with a detailed list of the enablers the afghan national army needs, including, as you mentioned, long-range artillery and intelligence- gathering capabilities. fixed-wing and rotary aircraft for transportation. we have been completely dependent for all of these things on nato and our other friends and allies. again, a lot of these equipments are not as expensive as conducting these operations with nato in afghanistan. if there is a political will, it is doable. the same thing as far as the salaries of the afghan national army and police. yes, it is a significant number, considering the afghan economy. or the withdrawal of each international troops from afghanistan, we can sustain 80 afghan national army soldiers on the ground, if there is a willingness to continue with this mission. as you mentioned, to come with a more reasonable definition of success in afghanistan, which has come up to now, then diminished, what it means to succeed here in afghanistan. >> the end of t
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